Whistling Past the Afghan Graveyard – Where Empires Go to Die By Tom Engelhardt

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By Tom Engelhardt

It is now a commonplace — as a lead article in the New York Times’s Week in Review pointed out recently — that Afghanistan is “the graveyard of empires.” Given Barack Obama’s call for a greater focus on the Afghan War (“we took our eye off the ball when we invaded Iraq…”), and given indications that a “surge” of U.S. troops is about to get underway there, Afghanistan’s dangers have been much in the news lately. Some of the writing on this subject, including recent essays by Juan Cole at Salon.com, Robert Dreyfuss at the Nation, and John Robertson at the War in Context website, has been incisive on just how the new administration’s policy initiatives might transform Afghanistan and the increasingly unhinged Pakistani tribal borderlands into “Obama’s War.”

In other words, “the graveyard” has been getting its due. Far less attention has been paid to the “empire” part of the equation. And there’s a good reason for that — at least in Washington. Despite escalating worries about the deteriorating situation, no one in our nation’s capital is ready to believe that Afghanistan could actually be the “graveyard” for the American role as the dominant hegemon on this planet.


via Tomgram: The Empire v. The Graveyard.


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3 thoughts on “Whistling Past the Afghan Graveyard – Where Empires Go to Die By Tom Engelhardt

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  3. Afghanistan is a quagmire that will make Iraq look like a walk in the park. Not only a money pit where billions and trillions of US tax dollars will continue to disappear, but an ongoing social and political situation that does not have a military solution. Besides, after all these years, I’m still waiting for a satisfactory explanation of what the hell we are doing there.

    You can’t convince me by any means that we need to wipe out the Taliban, because they are no threat to US security. This is nothing more than another contrivance by the US to justify the occupation of a country where that infamous gas pipeline will pass through. I have also read that there are plans by the US to build several military bases in various locations throughout the country.

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